Legal & the Law · Mental Health · Single Sex / Spaces

Trans women in prison

There are reports in the UK and USA (amongst other countries) of women being forced to share prison accommodation with ‘intact’ natal men who self-ID as women. There are also reported incidences where female officers have been assaulted by trans men (and of natal women in prisons, already traumatised and powerless, being assaulted by male… Continue reading Trans women in prison

Mental Health · Psychology

The Tavistock Clinic: (Paediatric) Gender identity development service (GIDS) and Mermaids

The Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) is for children and young people, and their families, who experience difficulties in the development of their gender identity. It’s a national specialised service, based in London and Leeds, and is the only one of its kind in Great Britain. A number of serious concerns about the service have… Continue reading The Tavistock Clinic: (Paediatric) Gender identity development service (GIDS) and Mermaids

Language & Terminology

Titles, nouns and pronouns (Mx, ‘chest-feeding’ etc)

When should we use titles? Mx, Mr, Mrs, Miss, Ms? Or what? And with which pronouns, when? Here’s an example of how one writer suggests ‘maternity’ matters might be trans-inclusive: The language of maternity is alive and well – so why not expand it to include trans parents? by Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett and this is… Continue reading Titles, nouns and pronouns (Mx, ‘chest-feeding’ etc)

Education & Training · Mental Health · Single Sex / Spaces · Social Inclusion

Education: Schools and PHSRE

There have been some significant reports about how schools and students are responding to the ‘trans debate’.  These include Girl ‘driven out of school for questioning trans ideology’ Schoolgirls rejecting mixed toilets over boys’ bad behaviour Nadhim Zahawi: ‘Trans pupils should wear uniform they want — but sport is different’ . The Stranglehold of Transgender… Continue reading Education: Schools and PHSRE

Biology vs Culture (Sex & Gender) · Language & Terminology · Legal & the Law · Psychology

Is sex (as a category) really necessary?

A recent report has suggested that we ask whether the concept of ‘sex’ as a way to categorise people is really necessary. Pink News‘ headlines for 11 May 2022 are that ‘Abolishing legal sex and gender comes with many, many pros, radical new report finds‘. The Pink News report tell us that ‘… (UK) law… Continue reading Is sex (as a category) really necessary?

Language & Terminology

The meanings of words (TERF, CIS and other terms)

There are some words in the ‘language’ of sex and gender which many find objectionable. Examples might be ‘CIS’ and ‘TERF’; but for outside observers these terms are meaningless. How can they – and maybe other similarly triggering terms? – be explained? Are they legitimate terms? [Read and discuss more about Language and terminology.] **… Continue reading The meanings of words (TERF, CIS and other terms)

Legal & the Law · Single Sex / Spaces · Social Inclusion

At risk groups: Can trades unions help establish real risk levels?

There is debate about the reality of otherwise of risks for women, trans, gay and lesbian people and others in shared intimate spaces. Who must take responsibility for assessing the evidence of real risks to (variously defined) vulnerable groups? Do trades unions have a role here? And if so, how? Is there a tension between… Continue reading At risk groups: Can trades unions help establish real risk levels?

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Research & Reading

Reading and references: Articles, papers and reports

Here are a few of the many articles and papers which have been written in recent times about the politics of sex and gender: [Read and discuss more about various categories of References.] Law and legal cases: https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/cbp-8969/ https://www.theguardian.com/law/2022/apr/29/barrister-allison-bailey-stonewall-discriminated-against-for-gender-critical-views-tribunal-hears Single sex spaces https://4w.pub/female-prisoners-forced-to-share-showers-with-intact-males/ Physiology and genetics: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/sex-redefined-the-idea-of-2-sexes-is-overly-simplistic1/ https://fairplayforwomen.com/chromosomes-biological-sex-gender/ https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/differences-in-sex-development/ https://www.genome.gov/27557513/the-y-chromosome-beyond-gender-determination https://www.genome.gov/about-genomics/fact-sheets/Y-Chromosome-facts https://www.genome.gov/27557513/the-y-chromosome-beyond-gender-determination#:~:text=The%20X%20and%20Y%20chromosomes,only%20pass%20on%20X%20chromosomes). https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fcell.2019.00388/full https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/q-a-mixed-sex-biology/ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7415463/… Continue reading Reading and references: Articles, papers and reports